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NRA GR&P Representative – Ash Dagger

By way of introduction to all you Gallery Rifle shooters out there….. I’m now the proud holder of the title “NRA Gallery Rifle & Pistol Rep” on the NRA Council. My aim is simple; to continue to promote and develop our sport, and represent you all in the Gallery Rifle discipline.

As some of you will know, I’ve been active in GR since it’s inception, and proudly shot with and Captained the GB GR teams. However, whilst remaining a competitor, I’m not as competitive as I’d now like to be and I’m happy to put my energies into a slightly different direction, supporting the wider GR community.

I’m going to be ably supported by a small but dedicated team in the GR Sub-Committee to focus on various aspects of GR including developing Juniors, and training more RO’s. I’ll be at Bisley for most GRAW weekends and other shoots. Feel free to hunt me down on Melville or Butt Zero, if you want to discuss any aspect of GR. In fact, as a starter for 10, please come and shoot the matches !

Remember – GR is our sport; we are the active element of the NRA, so please support our efforts to ensure GR remains safe, enjoyable and as popular as it can be, in a changing world.

Thank you.


The 2020 Budleigh Farm Rimfire Festival

Just to let you all know that the Rimfire Festival on the 3rd and 4th of October is still on.
As it is a private shooting competition with no spectators and we are using equipment which has been licenced by a public body (i.e. an FAC) we are exempt from the rule of 6. We will also be increasing our Covid 19 precautions in line with the current legislation and these will be emailed to participating shooters shortly before the event (as they seem to be changing on a daily basis)
The Saturday afternoon is almost full now but there are still spaces available for the Sunday, morning and afternoon, but to secure a slot you MUST book via the online form below:
Some of you still have a credit from the cancelled Steel Challenge which we will hold over, however, if you previously sent a Cheque these were not presented and are now out of date. So a new payment should be made.
I will email everyone with the final squadding list during the week before the shoot just in case any entries have been overlooked and so you can check if I have had to move you from your chosen day (I will try and keep those travelling together or from the same club together in shooting groups)
Please bare with us as we deal with the restrictions during these challenging times and remember that your safety, both on and off the shooting range, is our top priority and help us continue to enjoy our sport.
Hope to see you soon

Gallery Rifle & Pistol Intro Course

This course will introduce you to specific techniques needed for Gallery Rifle and Pistol shooting at a Club level, as well as providing guidance to those wishing to progress into competitive shooting.  The Course will involve both classroom and practical range work with expert coaching from National and International level shooters.

Saturday 10th October 2020

More information available on the NRA web site.

Enter online or download an application form 

GR Rankings

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GR&P Rankings

The current Gallery Rifle Ranking tables stand as produced immediately after the Chelmsford Spring meeting. The next national competition is the GR Nationals – 5-6 September. The rankings traditionally show a full rolling season and this currently stands at 19 potential meetings to attend. With he loss of the majority of the 2020 season rather than remove the ten meetings that have fallen victim the situation we are in the rankings will be listed on the basis of 19 meetings until we naturally catch up with the natural schedule. This probably won’t be until the end of 2021.

Results for Nationals 2020 will be processed as usual and SAW 2019 will be dropped out. The next shoot is SLG Bisley 2020. When that results set is processed ATSC 2019 will be aged out.

Historically just three events were chosen to rank – T&P1, Multi-Target and the 1500. This was because these three events are used for national and international events respectively. More recently the 1020 has been added.  There is no reason why results from all events can’t be processed and ranked but the simple formula if just taking the best 4 scores sometimes falls over due to the more limited interest matches not offering enough opportunities to register a score. If anyone has any suggestions how to fairly deal with these let me know.


Classified Event Rankings

All Events Rankings



The 2020 GR&P National Open Championships


The 2020 GR&P Nationals will run on the original advertised weekend – 5-6 September 2020. Various modifications to the format of the competition will be in place for obvious reasons and will be provided to competitors and Range Officers nearer the time.

Range crew – as usual – will be required. Please volunteer if you can – its great fun

Please volunteer your services for RO the Nationals

For more details and entry forms (due out Wednesday 29th July) see…

NRA Web Site


IGRF SA 2019

The International Gallery Rifle Federation hosted in South Africa in 2019

A video Documentary of the IGRF Gallery Rifle World Championships held in South Africa in 2019.

Watch on YouTube here

Pre Season Virtual T&P1 Inter-club Competition


Published below are results for full team scores sent in. The current situation we find ourselves in means there is little point in continuing this at the moment. Full set of individual scores can be found here.

This was an aggregate of a T&P1 SB and a T&P1 CF. Individual shooter’s scores for both totalled and (for teams of 5) lowest score dropped. Max score per team 2400.240

1 2398.168 Aldershot Arthritic
2 2395.156 Team Sigma
3 2394.156 Ham and Eggs
4 2388.150 Frome Feathers
5 2386.132 Team Harbour House
6 2385.124 Aldershot Athletic
7 2381.137 Two Rivers
8 2381.123 JSPC Blue
9 2363.096 Bristol & District
10 2352.000 LMR A
11 2350.093 Ham and Chips
12 2342.092 Teignbridge and District
13 2339.102 Aberdeen RPC
14 2318.084 Louisa Centre
15 2313.000 LMR B

A pre season virtual club competition is proposed.

A team competition

We are looking for teams of 5 shooters from any local club to enter a friendly pre-season Timed and Precision 1 (T&P1) event which can be shot in the comfort of your own club. Each shooter to submit a GRCF T&P1 score and a GRSB T&P1 score. Scores from all shooters will be summed and the lowest score dropped to produce a total team score out of 2400 points.

Shoot your matches any time between now and the deadline (see below).

General rules below

  • Teams of 5 shooters from each club required. If a club can muster more than one team of 5 – even better
  • Each shooter to shoot a GRCF competition and a GRSB competition
  • Scores from each shooter’s GRCF and GRSB target will be summed to produce a score out of 600
  • All individual scores summed and the lowest score dropped to produce a total score out of 2400
  • Shoot the events any time between now and the deadline
  • Scores Submission deadline – 1st March 2020 25th March 2020
  • Results published when all scores are in.

Submit teams now – someone has volunteered to admin the comp.

The Great Britain Gallery Rifle Team for 2020

GB Gallery Rifle TeamMoving into the 2020 season the GB Gallery rifle team has a new captain and Vice captain. Taff Wilcox steps down after two seasons which included a tour to compete in the IGRF Worlds in South Africa in late 2019.

Gary Bowden takes over as captain with Phil Wood as Vice. The 2020 season is considered a ‘standard’ season according to the new captain. Tours to Ireland in the Summer and Germany in early Winter will take place. The traditional Phoenix meeting home match will also take place at the end of May where we hope to host as many of the IGRF nations as possible.

The 2021 season sees the return of the biennial IGRF World Championships to the UK. Objectives for team GB for 2020 is to solidify and enhance all aspects of team interaction and performance to represent the nation in these world championships.

The Squad

The teams for our 3 International shoots in 2020 will be a selection from the following squad

Gary Bowden

Gary Bowden  captain


Phil Wood vice-captain






Chris West
Jonathan Cormie
Jake Mossom
Rob Wheeler
Keith Kilvington
Andrew Summers
Norman Veitch
Mel Beard
James Starley
Taff Wilcox
Gerry Betteridge
Steve Lamb
Colin McMichael
Peter Watts
Mornè Van Dalen
Keith Cox
Fraser Hay
Robert J Tonner
David Guest

Supporting Committee

A slightly larger supporting committee for 2020 with a view to spreading the overhead of administration away from the team.

Jacky Lamb – Adjutant
Ashley Dagger – Coordinator
Neil Francis – I.T and Social Media
Jim Smith – Fund Raising and Marketing
Anita Bowden – Fund raising
Dave Holt – Armorer
Ted George – Gallery Rifle rep

2020 Standards

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2020 Standards

Standards for various events shot at the Phoenix meeting have been reviewed for the 2020 season. There are various changes across the board.  These will be published in the 2020 GR&P/Phoenix booklet and are also referenced at the link below.

2020 GR&P/Phoenix Standards


2020 Classifications

Classifications for the 2020 season have changed.  In summary:

  • T&P1 GRSB and GRCF changed from 3 classes to 5 classes
  • Multi-Target GRSB and GRCF changed from 3 classes to 5 classes
  • Advancing Target GRSB and GRCF changed from 3 classes to 5 classes
  • Bianchi GRSB and GRCF changed from 5 classes to 3 classes
  • 1020 GRSB and GRCF introducing 3 classes

See the details of the classification changes

Additionally competitor’s classifications are now decided on scores achieved over the last 3 seasons – not their complete historic record. The three year window will continuously roll forward on a competition by competition basis. So for the start for the 2020 season only registered scores from 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons are being considered

The chances are your classifications will have changed. Check them here.  Or download a complete spreadsheet of everybody’s classifications here. Your classifications may look wrong – especially in the T&P, M-T and Advancing target events. Barring the odd glitch that may have crept in they chances are they are not. Changing to 5 divisions and bounding to the last three years of scores data will have changed things a fair bit. You can check the score that achieved the classification you are in at the historic scores database.

GB Gallery Rifle Captain for 2020

Only one nomination was received. Paperwork and submission has been passed over to NRA Council for acknowledgement. 

Gary Bowden will be the Gallery Rifle Captain for 2020

GB FlagThe GB Gallery Rifle team compete on the world circuit and take part in at least three International shoots a year. Team captains are appointed on an annual basis.

Nominations are now being sought for the Great Britain Gallery Rifle Captain for the 2020 season. The team will compete in IGRF international competitions at Bisley (May), Ireland (July) and Germany (November) in 2020.

Nominations should be sent to Georgina Thatcher who will forward to the NRA Secretary General and has to be received by Friday 20 December 2019. Nomination forms are here:

MS Word (doc) | PDF

Nominees must be full Members of the NRA for a minimum continuous period of 3 years (12 months in the case of under 25 members) before they become eligible for nomination and must remain so during the entire period of appointment.

Nominations must be supported by signatures of three (3) NRA Members.

Nominations will be reviewed by NRA Council and a list of approved candidates determined from the nominations at their next meeting in January or February 2020. The NRA will then advise the Discipline Representative of the Council’s approved candidate(s).

Bianchi Classification modifications for 2020

The decline of the Bianchi over the last few years means running 5 classes is very hard to justify. The GRSB/GRCF will move to 3 classes in 2020 with the breakpoints as below.


X 1865-1920




1895-1920 1825-1920
A 1811-1864



1801 – 1889

1750-1894 1750-1824
B 1746-1810

up to 1700


up to 1800

up to 1749 up to 1749
C 1600-1745 1725-1814
D up to 1599 up to 1724

Classes 2020


Classes 2020

Its been proposed the classification structure be looked at for a few events next season. The popular events of T&P1, Multi-Target and Advancing Target are currently offered in 3 classes for rifles. Its proposed they may benefit from 5. Bianchi is not very popular at the moment so its proposed knocking that back to 3. Also the 1020 event is gaining traction so offering this in 2 or 3 classes is also a possibility.

Additionally we have always classed people on their complete historic record. This isn’t really sensible any more so from 2020 the classification boundaries will be bounded to the last 5 or 3 years worth of scores. Which is better?

If anyone is interested some easy to visualize stats spreadsheets are here for people to look at –

See the stats


Final 2019 GR&P Ranking Tables

RankingsThe Final Ranking tables of 2019 are now published.

18 meetings eligible for a ranking entry were shot throughout the 2019 season.  The final event of the season was the FDPC Rimfire Festival – shot on the 23rd November. The newest event was the inaugural Chelmsford Open Weekend shot the weekend before – 16/17 November.

For the last few seasons the main events ranked have been the popular T&P1, Multi-Target and 1500 competitions.

Ranking tables for next season are set to be enhanced and expanded to cover more or less all the events shot at all meetings.

Post AAW Ranking Tables

RankingsThe post Autumn Action Weekend (AAW) Ranking tables are now published.

For some the season is over. Traditionally the AAW has been the last ranking competition of the season. However two more events are now offered in November. For others the chance is there to get your averages up even higher.

Final ranking tables will be published after the FDPC RFF event at the end of November.

Ranking tables for next season are set to be enhanced and expanded.